Ways to Volunteer

Literacy Minnesota believes volunteers are vital to the success of students and literacy programs.  We believe volunteers bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and share diverse perspectives that lead to enhanced learning outcomes for students.  We strive to create learning environments where volunteers:

  • Contribute in meaningful ways to student success.
  • Reflect the diverse communities they serve.
  • Are valued for their unique abilities.
  • Are trained, mentored and supported in their work.
  • Have the opportunity to develop their skills as literacy practitioners.
  • Are empowered to advocate for literacy in their communities.

How You Can Help

Become a tutor or classroom assistant with an Adult Basic Education (ABE) program near you. 

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Work with young readers at a children's literacy program in your community. 

See opportunities

  • Project-based Volunteer Opportunities: Do good while social distancing this fall and winter! Apply your expertise in HR or Marketing to help Literacy Minnesota strengthen its infrastructure and move toward its vision of a world where life-changing learning is within everyone’s reach.

    Literacy Minnesota is seeking several professional-level volunteers for project-based work during the fall and winter 2020-2021. These are unpaid opportunities and not available to current employees or current board members. All projects can be done remotely. Specific projects include Policy Manual Revisions, Product Marketing and Employee and Supervisor Professional DevelopmentLearn more and apply!

  • ESL Social - Visit a classroom at one of our Open Door Learning Centers in Minneapolis or Saint Paul to practice conversational English with adult learners. This opportunity is perfect for 10-20 people. This is a one-time commitment of 2 hours on a weekday morning or evening. For more information, contact Meghan Boyle at mboyle@literacymn.org.

Are you interested in dedicating a year or a summer to full-time service work? Check out our AmeriCorps VISTA programs:

  • Minnesota Literacy Leadership Program (Yearlong) - Literacy Leaders work behind the scenes to design and carry out literacy initiatives in partnership with schools and community organizations.
  • Summer Reads (June-August) - Summer Reads VISTAs work with schools and community sites to fight the summer slide—the decline of literacy skills in low income children—for 8 weeks over the summer.